July 20, 2017 14 Commentson
The healthcare reform cluster is trudging along. After the latest debacle, the Senate is back to revising the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) and also considering a 2015 rendition of Obamacare repeal.
As the U.S. Senate considers the Better Care Reconciliation Act, AHIP and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association urge the Senate to strike the “Consumer Freedom Option” from the bill. It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people currently enrolled in the individual market.It appears that this advice was followed because the Freedom Option no longer appears in the Senate bill.
Ohio state insurance officials said they were reviewing their options but put the blame squarely on the federal health care law. “For the past few years we have seen a weakening in the federal insurance marketplace as a number of companies have withdrawn from the exchange,” the state agency said in a statement. “We have always argued the private insurance market is the most severely impacted by the federal law and that is where Congressional action is needed to restore stability.”
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